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On June 18, 2010, Sotheby’s Auction will sell John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to A Day in the Life. The song, which is one of the most celebrated Beatles tunes, was originally written in 1967 and was included in their eighth album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  This piece of handwritten ephemera from one of the most popular singers in the World’s most popular band is expected to bring in more than $1 million dollars.

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Depression Glass Inexpensive Collectibles

The Great Depression is a phrase coined by the Lionel Robbins in his 1934 book of the same name.  It refers to a time in our history that commenced with the collapse of U.S. stock market prices on October 29. 1929. This date is also known as Black Tuesday. Many people lost a lot of money in the stock market crash and beginning in the 1930’s people began to “tighten their belts” and curtailed spending. 

Companies then had to look for alternative ways to manufacture goods cheaply and in turn sell them inexpensively to the consumer. Glass companies started to mass produce molded glass in many different colors and styles.  The thrifty consumers of the time were able to put together entire place settings by both shopping at the local five and dime store or by collecting the glass that manufacturers included in cereal boxes or soap boxes as premiums. 


Where You Might Find Depression Glass This Month . . .

The Fabulous Finds Spring Barn will be held on Saturday May 15, 2010 at 1850 Hunter Mill Road in Vienna, Virginia.  The barn is bursting at the seams with an eclectic mix of antique and vintage furniture and decorative accessories to fit in style in any home.  A portion of the proceeds from the yearly Fabulous Finds Spring Barn Sale go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure.

May 15, 2010, Gettysburg Spring Outdoor Antique Show, Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

May 15, 2010, Armed Forces Day Toy Soldier Show, Virginia War Museum, Newport News, Virginia

May 22-23, 2010, Two Rivers Art & Antiques Show, Red Bank Armory Ice Complex, Red Bank, New Jersey

The Washington DC metropolitan area will be taking part in the annual National Route 50 Yard Sale this year.  The local sale known as Treasures on the Turnpike will be held in conjunction with the Bicentennial Celebration on Saturday & Sunday May 22 & 23, 2010 in the picturesque village of Aldie, Virginia.  This sale is being sponsored by our friends at Bella Villa. 

When you are out in Aldie, don’t forget to visit our friends at Diamonds and Rust for some great antique and vintage jewelry.

On Saturday & Sunday May 22 and 23, 2010 the annual Lucketts Spring Antique Market will take place.  This Antique Market is well known throughout the country and our friends at Old Lucketts Store know how to do it up right with live music, good eats and a buyer friendly atmosphere as well as free parking and most important great bargains.


Collectible Moonstone Glass from Anchor Hocking

Anchor Hocking was “raised from the ashes” so to speak, as the venerable glass company sits on the site of its original premises, which burned down in 1924. The Anchor Hocking factory, called the Black Cat, is partially named for the Hocking River, on which shores it sits.

Better known for its Royal Ruby glass and Fire King products of the 60’s & 70’s, the company is also known for its very popular Moonstone, a type of Depression glass, which is very collectible. The Moonstone Pattern was produced between 1941 and 1946 and is quite distinct. Some people confuse it with other makers such as Fenton Glass because of its hobnails and its white opalescent quality.

Another good thing about the Moonstone pattern is the fact that it is quite affordable as a collectible. Many of the smaller pieces can be picked up for a few dollars and a collection can build up quickly. Pieces can be found at many area flea markets, auctions and estate sales.



Dumb Mikey and the Charitable Woman

Mikey knocks on the door of a woman known for her charity.  “Please ma’am,” he says when she opens the door, “can you help this poor, tragic family down the block?  The father just lost his job, his wife is too ill to work and they have three adorable little children.”  “Oh Dear,” says the woman, “how can I help?”  Mikey says, “they are about to be turned out into the cold streets unless someone can pay their rent.”  “That’s the worst thing I’ve heard all my life!” says the woman.  “May I ask who you are?”  To which Mikey replies, “I’m their landlord.”


Chinese Porcelain Platter Brings in Record Auction Price

Canadian auction company, Maynard Auctioneers had a record setting week. First it set the record for the highest price ever paid for an antique at one of their auctions in its one hundred and eight year history.  That record was broken when it sold a Chinese porcelain platter for $506,000.  This helped set their record for a three day art and antiques auction at more than $2,963,561.


Flip through 1,200 colorful photographs, values and descriptions for the world’s finest watch brands: Rolex, Phillppe, Patek, Cartier, Gruen, Omega, Bulova, and Hamilton. You will be educated about these small works of art and enjoy the rich histories of American and European manufacturers past and present.

This hardcover book also features tutorials for identifying watches, guides to determining a wristwatch’s value, and a glossary of watch terminology used by collectors. Wristwatch aficionados are passionate about their hobby, and Vintage Wristwatches captures that enthusiasm with elegance.


Upcoming Estate Sales

Estate Sale on Saturday & Sunday May15 & 16, 2010 at 4108 Rosemary Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland; Art, Jewelry, Antique Furnishings

Estate Sale on Saturday & Sunday May15 & 16, 2010 at 4840 Glenbrook Road, Washington DC; Silver, Primitives; 202-338-8300


Most of this glass, which is now known as Depression Glass, was produced by companies located in the Central or Midwest sections of the United States.  These companies included Jeannette Glass Company, Federal Glass, Hazel Atlas, Imperial, Indiana and of course Anchor Hocking.  Some of the heartiest of these companies have survived throughout the years and in 2005, Anchor Hocking celebrated its 100th birthday.

Depression glass companies produced many styles and patterns in various colors that are still popular with collectors today.  Although many experienced collectors prefer the pink or amber Depression glass in American Sweetheart or Lace patterns, some of the most recognizable colors and patterns belong to Anchor Hocking.  From their Royal Ruby colored glassware and pitcher sets to their opalescent Moonstone patterned sorbet sets, many new collectors have found that these are as inexpensive to collect today as they were in the early 20th Century.

The Chinese porcelain platter, which was expected to bring in between $1500-$2000, was not marked and there was no date attached to it.  It was a simple blue and white platter which featured a peacock in a natural scenic background.  The platter measured about 27.5 inches in diameter and was purchased via telephone by an Asian bidder, who was one of twenty eight bidders interested in purchasing the item.


New Book – Vintage Wristwatches by Reyne Haines

Watch lovers, avid watch collectors or anyone with a sense of fashion will be entertained as they step into the world of watches in Vintage Wristwatches. This fascinating read is a combination of history, art and the collectible aspects of these fabulous wonders.

Best known for his role portraying Captain Kirk in the Star Trek television series, actor William Shatner has donated his motorcycle for a charity event auction.  The bike, a customized 2005 Harley Davidson FXDC Dyna Super Glide will be auctioned off on June 27, 2010 at the Planet Hollywood Resort Hotel and proceeds will benefit the Roddenberry Foundation which supports education, children and the environment as well as the Hollywood Charity Horse Show.  This auction will also feature Star Trek memorabilia and collectibles.


Author Reyne Haines specializes in 20th-century decorative arts. She has been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post, and has been a guest on The Early Show on CBS and on Martha Stewart Living Radio on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network.

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